Fast food workers “occupying” Wall Street. #imlovinit
If you can’t fucking survive on fucking $7.25 go to fucking school and get another fucking job. Those people who run the fucking restaurants and shops who fucking give out minimum fucking wage need to make a fucking profit too. Get off your lazy fucking ass and make way for the fucking high school students and college students who fucking need that job that pays $7.25.
Here’s the thing about the minimum wage, when it was first instituted it was so that one person with one full time job should be able to support a family (of 4 I believe, sadly cannot find the source for this info right now, anyone know?). Since then, the minimum wage has not kept up with inflation and workers now are worse off than they were four decades ago. In fact, if it HAD kept up with inflation, right now it would be around $10.74.
Furthermore, the idea that people working for minimum wage are teenagers is complete bullshit - in fact, it is more like adults over the age of 20.
Also the whole “go to school and get a better job” thing is top-notch advice obviously, but how exactly do you see the logistics of that working out? Take a person who’s barely surviving and probably already has two or more jobs… where EXACTLY are they going to find the time or money to “go to school and get a better job”? I mean really, explain this brilliant plan in detail please.
There’s this attitude like “oh, if you’re on minimum wage just get a second job! Or just go to school! stop whining!” as if people living in poverty don’t DESERVE small things like - spending time with their family! Sleeping! Doing anything BESIDES work!
Finally - this whole idea of look at these poor corporations “but they HAVE to make a profit!” Well, newsflash - they are. They’re making a huge profit. In 2012 alone, McDonald’s in fact made $5,503,100,000 in profits, so forgive me if I don’t feel too terribly bad for poor old McDonald’s, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. And why is this idea so terribly controversial? That it’s IMPOSSIBLE for companies to make a profit without paying their workers as little as possible? Well, whoops in Australia workers get $15 per hour and the McDonald’s there are doing just fine.
P.S. if you wanna read a gigantic ass academic paper on why increasing the minimum wage is a thing that is good, here you go
FUN FACT most people on minimum wage are WOMEN between the ages of 25 and 35, some of them have children, and some are even single parents. SO YEAH THAT’S TOTALLY FEASABLE, LET’S HAVE A FULL TIME JOB, TAKE CARE OF SOME CHILDREN, WHICH IS ALSO A FULL TIME JOB, AND GO TO SCHOOL. TO A SCHOOL THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO BE IN DEBT FOR ETERNITY AND YOU AREN’T EVEN GUARANTEED A JOB OUT OF COLLEGE. FUCK THAT SHIT.